Bottom fishing for black sea bass and scup remains consistent and they’re keeping anglers busy. Scup fishing is hot all over and good reports came from Bartletts, Hatchetts and Rocky Neck. A lot of anglers are after the sea bass more so it seems. Sea bass action is good on local reefs. Some great fish were pulled from The Race, Middle Grounds and Stratford Shoal. Hump Heads are being found in the deeper water still. Try targeting 80’+ and remember, structure is key. Fluke fishing locally is very slow as the season nears its end. There are mostly shorts locally. Again, look to deeper water for better results. Black Point and Fishers Island gave up some good fish this past week. You’d have to head to Montauk for better action, though. Striped bass fishing is reported as good in most harbors and the mouth of the CT and Shetucket after dark. Anglers continue to find success in live lining bunker and also drifting eels in the lower tidal rivers as well as across rocky shore lines. Great reports came from New Haven Harbor, The Race, Plum Gut, Bartletts and Long Sand Shoal. A lot of anglers were distracted last weekend during the annual WIIC bluefish tournament. Needless to say, there were a ton of great bluefish reports from all over. These fierce fish continue to provide nonstop action for angler here in CT. The mouth of the CT river is where some of the best reports came from, especially for shore anglers. There is plenty of bunker in the harbors and mouth of the river. Peanut bunker are also present and you need to find them. The bluefish will be on them. Anglers found success in live lining and chunking bunker. But don’t miss out on some top water action if you come across a blitz. Bones are still providing action in the East and anglers are finding them in the Waterford/Groton area here in CT. But if you take a short ride to Watch Hill you may have better luck.
This last week was very fulfilling for The Otter Crew. We had young fisherman aged 9 to 12 on nearly every trip and they all caught bass and some reeled in some cows.One young fella 53 inches tall and 9 years old landed a beautiful 47 inch bass all by himself. All but 2 trips out of 9,we limited out on bass and a lot were set free to fight again.My Otter Tube and Tails trolling System is the main connection between us and success.Lots of bait around and starting to see more bones locally..Still no jelly fish. .wonder why..we did see a Portuguese Man of War at Race Rock last week. Bass fishing locally improving daily!Best of luck to all . Capt.Bruce
Bass fishing remains good across the state. Great largemouth reports came from Candlewood, Ball pond, Tyler, Waramaug, Bantam and Coventry. Smallie reports are just as good and better than they have been. Great fish were reported from Candlewood, Highland, Lillinonah and the CT river. The top water bite remains consistent and anglers are getting some lunkers after dark. Pike reports suddenly picked up with some great fish up to 40″ coming from the CT, Lillinonah and upper Housatonic. It seems that as summer is slipping away, fishing for cold water species is gaining momentum. Try looking for confluences and the edges of healthy weed lines for these toothy fish. Walleye reports were decent with some keeper fish being trolled up on Squantz. This is the time of year when we will start seeing fishing patterns change as we transition into Autumn.